Case Study: Shagbark Seed & Mill

Case Study: Shagbark Seed & Mill

Shagbark Seed & Mill tackles the burgeoning local foods movement head-on within the Ohio ecosystem. Since their launch in 2010 by the Appalachian Staple Food Collaborative, Shagbark has focused on marketing single-source, Ohio-grown, certified organic heirloom grains, buckwheat, and dry beans to restaurants, grocers, farmer’s markets, schools, bakeries, home kitchens, and CSAs. Shagbark has “community […]

The LFPA: Optimism for More Equitable Food Systems

The LFPA: Optimism for More Equitable Food Systems

With food shortages exacerbated by the pandemic, the Biden administration has announced a flurry of initiatives and funding opportunities to increase resiliency in food supply chains. Tucked into these announcements is the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreements Program, one we at New Venture Advisors are keeping an eye on. The LFPA program is part […]

Equity in Food System Planning

Equity in Food System Planning

Over the past several years, scholars in planning and public health have increasingly called attention to inequities in the food system. One recent article that caused us to reflect on our practice here at New Venture Advisors is  “Planning for Regional Food Equity” published January 2021 in the Journal of the American Planning Association. The researchers […]

Transformative Food Systems Policies:  Not Just For Portland Anymore!

Transformative Food Systems Policies: Not Just For Portland Anymore!

Recently, New Venture Advisors presented to the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Community Health Academy. The Community Health Academy is a learning collaborative of mayors and city leaders from across the state of Idaho. They work together to learn about policy changes they can adopt to support community health – like how they […]

Forces for Good Food: Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health

Forces for Good Food: Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health

New Venture Advisors is privileged to work alongside powerful forces driving progress toward building food systems we can all be proud of. These forces—our collaborators, partners, clients, visionaries—are leaders in changing how we think about and act regarding food. In this Forces for Good Food series, we voice our gratitude for and spotlight the people […]

Engaging Stakeholders for Project Sustainability

Engaging Stakeholders for Project Sustainability

Food systems are made up of people engaged in creation, commerce, and community from production to consumption. For any food business, policy, or plan to be viable, it must take into account the influence, needs, roles, and impact of all stakeholders in that ecosystem. Engaging a diverse set of stakeholders to assess the internal and […]

Case Study: Wichita-Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan

Case Study: Wichita-Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan

The City of Wichita (pop’n 390,000), located in Sedgwick County, Kansas, is in the south-central part of the state. For the past 20 years, the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita has promoted people, programs, and policies that build a healthier community. The Coalition fosters long-term partnerships among public health, business, government, grassroots organizations, planners, […]

Good Food Glossary: Food System Plan

Good Food Glossary: Food System Plan

A Food System Plan, as defined by the American Planning Association, is “a set of interconnected, forward-thinking activities that strengthen a community and regional food system through the creation and implementation of plans and policies.” The overall goal is to improve the well-being of people and their communities by building more sustainable, just, equitable, self-reliant, […]

 Whatcom County Food System Plan

The Whatcom County Food System Committee recently conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors will partner with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan will focus on six sectors of the food system including fishing, farming, labor, food access, environment, and waste, and will be informed by an inclusive and equitable community engagement process.  The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2022)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a school district commissary. The goal is to strengthen Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development. (2022)